I’ve been thinking a lot lately about how people view the world, primarily how Christians view the world and it’s on going issues.
Despite all of us in the faith following the same Bible and the true and living God we seem to have a lot of different views points on things.
This leads to a lot of anger, frustration, resentment and even sadness in the Body of Christ. We get divided on these worldly topics and even claim that others are less Christian for taking the other side.
Now they’re some clear cut views on issues that as a Christian you should have but I’ve heard some outlandish accusations by Christians against other believers on issues that are not so clear cut. Often they will take scripture out of context to try and fit it into their world view or situation. That is both wrong and dangerous.
Specific examples of this would just be distracting from the point of this entry so instead I’ll focus on why I think this is happening.
It’s because of labels, labels can be burdensome.
Think about it, I’ll use myself as an example.
I’m a white, male, American, Christian who is mostly conservative.
Think about what comes with each of those labels, thoughts, behaviors, opinions. Some of them will contradict with each other and I will most likely look at things differently than someone of a different race, sex, nationality, political ideology or religion.
That’s not even going into upbringing, environment and other factors.
So what do you do about this? How do you not contradict yourself while you try and understand other people who are different than you?
You shed your labels and focus on the Kingdom of God. That may sound easier said than done. Believe me, I know it’s hard. Reading the Bible has convicted me many times, causing me to question my opinion and views.
As hard as it may be, think about how rewarding it would be to try and see the world like God does. How much a relief it would be to be able to have the focus on God?
What if instead of all those labels you can look at things as a child of God?
Redefine yourself. I’ll go first.
My name is Chris, I’m a child of God, a Christian who just happens to be white, who is also a man, who currently lives in the United States.
God help see the world like you.
Have a Blessed Week,
Monday – 2 Samuel 18:5-9,15,31-33
Tuesday – Psalm 130
Wednesday – Ephesians 4:25-5:2
Thursday – John 6:35,41-51